Any allergy, from whatever media it might come from,
begins with the same reaction. The body mistakenly
assumes that a particle, whether it’s pollen, or in
the case of food allergies, a food protein, as a
The immune system then releases immunoglobin E,
otherwise known as IgE into the bloodstream,
triggering a chain of events that release histamines
in the body to attempt to combat the foreign particle.
A skin rash, runny eyes, sneezing, whatever the
manifestations, they still have the same first steps.
Baby Food Allergies
A baby will typically have an adverse reaction toward
a food product and one can often easily see what
these reactions are.
An example of an intolerant reaction to a food product
would be from lactose intolerance, where people who
are intolerant cannot break down the sugar in dairy
Spotting Trouble Signs
A potentially dangerous allergy in infants can be seen
because of the reactions from the food being eaten. A
common example would be an infant having loose bowels
after eating, and may even vomit the food in an effort
to expel it from the body.
The throat may also close up or the lips and face may
swell up. On the infant’s skin, rashes or hives may
appear, among other unusual occurrences in the skin
An intolerance is different than an allergy, and
usually has more to do with intestinal trouble than
reaction to any particular allergen.
How to avoid allergy troubles
When introducing a new food product to your infant, be
sure to try only minute quantities at first so that
you can see if there are any unpleasant reactions to
the food, and afterwards you can slowly increase the
amount you are feeding when there are no apparent
During the course of introducing new food to your
child, you should be able to see as well if your child
likes it. If there are no negative reactions present,
then you can safely increase the quantity given to a
The timing of introducing new foods should also be
considered, and you’ll want to feed your child with
new food early in the day so that you still have ample
time to take your child to the paediatrician during
clinic hours and disrupt your baby’s daily routine the
Ninety per cent of all allergic reactions come from
just eight food sources and they are common enough to
be found in foods everywhere.
These are the kind of food products that you’ll want
to check up on for your child, just to make sure that
there is no reaction whatsoever.
Milk is one of the most common, and you should check
with dairy products should there be an adverse
Eggs are the second on the list of allergen foods.
Peanuts and tree nuts are some common allergens right
up to adulthood, and theyíll have to manage these
allergies all their life.
Fish and shellfish allergies can be outgrown, however.
Soy and wheat are the last two materials that round
out the list, and children can often outgrow these
allergies as well
Having an allergic reaction is somewhat a bit of a
bother, but with proper management, avoidance, or
treatment, your child can outgrow these allergies, or
manage to live with it at the very least.
Consult with your family physician when you aren’t
sure of whether your child is allergic or not.